Raw Cacao & Date Bliss Balls

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I'll get right to it.

These treats a hit. They're sweet, textured, and chocolatey. What more do you need?

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Cacao:

Loaded with antioxidants, is rich in iron, sulfur, copper, potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and dietary fiber. It's a natural mood booster and enhances both physical and mental well-being. 

Walnuts:

Considered a brain food because of it's good fat, omega-3, vitamin e, and antioxidant properties. Walnuts are also a great source of manganese, copper, biotin, and molybdenum. They support the heart, cognitive function, boosts mood and better sleep! 

Coconut:

Known for its high quality fat content, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties, coconut products are a great addition to the diet. High in iron, manganese, fiber (shreds), and Lauric acid (antibacterial, antiviral, which supports the immunity). 

Dates:

Great source of fiber, b vitamins (especially b3 &6), manganese, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, phosphorus, zinc, selenium and folic acid. They contain a fair amount of sugar, which is why they're great in healthy desserts, but they also contain a type of soluble fiber that slows down the glucose (sugar) release in the body, thus regulating blood sugar levels. Amazing!

Psyllium husk & flaxseeds:

Both provide an excellent source of fiber, especially the psyllium husk which contains 13g of fiber per 1 ounce! Psyllium is high in iron and calcium as well. Read more about flaxseeds here

Spices:

Great source of antioxidants, immunity boosters, dietary fiber, calcium and manganese, vitamin b complex, c, k, e, and iron. Cinnamon, allspice, and cloves are a great way to boost the nutrient density of any meal.


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prep time: 5 minutes                   cook time: 5 minutes                            yields: 8-12 treats 

 

 

Ingredients:

Coating:

You can roll the treats in cacao powder, ground walnuts, or finely ground coconut shreds 

Spices

I've found that I love this spice mixture, but cayenne, nutmeg, & ginger all taste amazing as well. 

1/2 cup dates
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp psyllium husk or ground flax, optional
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
/4 tsp cloves
pinch of sea salt

 

 

Instructions:

  1. Place the dates in a food processor and pulse until broken down. Add the walnuts and shredded coconut, pulse until thoroughly blended into a dough. Add remaining ingredients. Use a spatula to scrape the sides every so often. 
  2. Place coating powder in a bowl next to a plate/small baking sheet lined with parchment.
  3. Take a tbsp. of the dough and gently press it between your palms then continue to roll into a uniform ball. Gently roll the ball to coating powder then place on the plate/baking sheet. Continue until you've used up all the dough.
  4. Place the bliss balls in the freezer and enjoy after 10 minutes!
  5. Store in an airtight container in the freezer or fridge. 

 


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Resources:

https://cronometer.com/#foods

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=99

http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/06/walnuts-the-ultimate-brain-food.html

Murray, Michael, N.D. 2005. The Enclyclopedia of Healing Foods. 

http://wellnessmama.com/2072/benefits-of-coconut-oil/